The challenges of the 21st century demand humanistic thought. Leaders and citizens must integrate information from diverse fields to forge creative solutions in collaboration with others, and implement them with moral concern for the lives they affect. Accordingly, 21st-century liberal arts education must be centered on: interdisciplinarity, fostering flexible understanding that bridges disciplines; collaboration, developing skills of listening and communication that enable creative cooperation; and community, cultivating empathy and ethical sensitivity for others. With these as our core principles, the Humanities Initiative at F&M promotes humanistic inquiry as the core of liberal arts education for the 21st century, via initiatives that foster humanistic thought and demonstrate the relevance of the humanities throughout students’ undergraduate experience and faculty members’ intellectual lives.
The Humanities Initiative Directors & Student Advisory Board
The Humanities Initiative at F&M welcomes and encourages student participation. The Student Advisory Board provides a vehicle for interested F&M students to directly engage in leadership of Humanities-related activities at F&M, as well as to provide the student voice and perspective for the Humanities Initiative Co-Directors. More information about the board is available here.
Humanities Initiative Co - Directors (2019)
Peter Jaros, Associate Professor of English - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Stone, Associate Professor of Russian and Russian Studies - email@example.com
Humanities Initiative Student Advisors (2019)
Esmeralda Rodriguez ('19), Moises Soto-Brito ('21 ), Rachel Strompf ('21)
Humanities Fields of Study
We recognize that in whatever path of life students choose, the ability to understand differing values, identify conflicts in thinking and reasoning, and find answers to complex questions is essential for cultivating qualities of innovation and leadership.
That's why we emphasize study in intimate classes, with the student-to-faculty ratio in some humanities majors, such as philosophy, as small as 5:1. And we also offer opportunities for field study and research that students might usually expect to pursue in the sciences or other fields. Students at F&M experience and engage with the questions that students elsewhere might only read about.
This is part of the distinctiveness in our approach to the humanities. Study at F&M spans the full range of study of human culture and the human experience, from classical archaeology to literature, to philosophy and cultural studies, and through languages.
Humanities Majors: Professionally Prepared and Career-Ready
F&M embraces the principle that students who are linguistically, intellectually and culturally equipped to communicate successfully are better prepared to thrive in our multicultural society, both in the United States and around the world. Recent studies bear this out, showing humanities majors excelling across a variety of academic, career and life skill measures. Use the links below to further explore the many benefits of studying the humanities.
Excel in Academics
Humanities majors outperform peers on many academic measures.
Develop Valued Skills
Humanities majors are highly valued by employers for the skills they posess.
Enjoy Lifelong Benefits
Humanities majors enjoy benefits that extend into all facets of life after college.
Humanities Majors Today, Field Leaders Tomorrow!
Prominent leaders with a background in the humanities can be found in every sector of business and industry today. Explore the links below to see more from a few who credit their career success to their studies in the humanities. The National Humanities Alliance website curates an ever-expanding list with additional names of humanities graduates at the top of their respective fields.
Business and Finance
Government and International Relations
Media and Entertainment
Philanthropic / Non Profit Sector
Science, Medicine and Research
The Humanities in Practice at F&M
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Deeply curious about China’s culture, F&M senior Paige Alexander spent her junior year in Beijing to engage the language through an immersion program and to research art, architecture and religion.Read More
Last spring, when Franklin & Marshall College junior Will DeLince asked his professors what an anthropology major does over the summer, their answer to him was “fieldwork.” They directed him to the...Read More
He’s African American, but he was raised in an overseas environment where he never encountered racism. Yet, Franklin & Marshall College senior Jonny Teklit eloquently captured the historic, often...Read More
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